One year on, PM Harris still hiding the 2018 IMF Article IV Consultation on St Kitts and Nevis.

Washington, DC, USA, September 10, 2019 – It is one year since St Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris continues to block the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) from releasing the Article IV Consultation on the economy of the twin-island Federation.
Dr Harris’ Team Unity Government which took office in February 2015 has mismanaged the St Kitts and Nevis economy which registered 6.2 percent of GDP in 2013 and 6.0 percent of GDP in 2014.
The economy decelerated to 3.9 percent in 2015; 2.2 percent in 2016 and 1.7 percent in 2017.
An IMF Team led by Mr Arnold McIntyre, Deputy Division Chief in the Caribbean Division at the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department in Washington, DC, visited St. Kitts and Nevis late June/early July 2018 and submitted its report to the IMF’s Executive Board for discussion.
The Board’s views are subsequently summarized and transmitted to the country authorities.
The IMF said the Executive Board concluded the consideration of the Article IV consultation with St. Kitts and Nevis.
“The authorities (Government of St Kitts and Nevis) have not consented to publication of the Staff Report and the related press release,” the IMF said in a statement posted on its website on September 14, 2018.
One year after, the IMF Staff Report remains off limits to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, despite calls from the opposition St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and several residents for it to be made public.
The once outspoken non-governmental organisations including the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association, the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the St. Kitts Christian Council, the St. Kitts Evangelical Association, the Nevis Christian Council, the Nevis Evangelical Association, the St. Kitts Business Forum, the St. Kitts Teachers Union and the Nevis Teachers Union have remained shown no interest in requesting or urging Prime Minister Harris to get the report in the hands of the general public, business persons and investors.
Earlier this year it was reported that high-level public servants are upset with the operations of the country finances.
“There is real concern about Dr Harris spending of public funds like a drunken sailor and the absence of full accountability,” one source said.
The source also accused the Minister of Finance of ignoring a long list of concerns expressed in writing by senior public officials on the federation’s economy and finances.
“Dr Harris has been hiding those concerns which have been expressed to him and has not been sharing the long, long, list of concerns in his capacity as Minister of Finance with his cabinet colleagues,” said the source.
“Among the sore points are the high level of corruption in several of the initiatives of the government and the blocking of the IMF Article IV Consultation on the economy of St Kitts and Nevis,” said the source.
Recently, the IMF Executive Board has concluded and published Article IV Consultations for Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Micronesia, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Romania, the People’s Republic of China, Latvia, Zambia, Somalia, Indonesia and Lithuania.

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